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Dennis Ross glad he’s “still living in his district” after redistricting

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Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross of Lakeland said he can live with the new shape of his 15th Congressional District approved by the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday even though it cuts more of his home county out of his district. Like many Florida members of Congress, Ross’ district boundaries changed when the court certified the redistricting of congressional territories. He lost the cities of Bartow and Mulberry in Polk County from his district and Temple Terrace and Lutz in…

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Supreme Court considers changes to Florida’s political map

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A long-running legal battle over Florida’s political landscape wound up back before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday where several justices sounded skeptical about the changes proposed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. The hope is that the court will soon end three years of lawsuits, court hearings and special sessions by finally endorsing a new map for the state’s 27 congressional districts ahead of the pivotal 2016 elections. But that map could also find itself under legal attack by current members…

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Redistricting summons forces Tom Lee to cancel Polk Tiger Bay appearance

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Florida Senate Appropriations Chair Tom Lee missed his speaking engagement with the Polk County Tiger Bay Club on Thursday. The Brandon Republican had received a summons to Tallahassee, which Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis wouldn’t allow him to postpone. He was a witness for the judge’s hearings to decide from perhaps as many as seven maps of redistricting for Florida’s congressional districts. Tiger Bay members had their own questions on redistricting on which they had hoped to hear answers from Lee, particularly…

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Florida judge will try to sort out state’s political mess

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After years of legal wrangling, two special sessions and much political finger pointing, a judge is going to try to sort out the mess left from squabbling over Florida’s 27 congressional districts. Judge Terry Lewis on Thursday will preside over a trial where he will consider seven different maps that would each alter the state’s political landscape. Lewis is expected to recommend one of the proposals to the state Supreme Court for final approval. “I would really like to see…

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Today is deadline for parties in redistricting trial to submit proposed maps

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A judge is set to hold a trial later this month to sort out the jumbled mess in Florida’s political landscape over the mapping of state congressional districts. Judge Terry Lewis agreed Friday to give attorneys involved in a three-year legal battle over Florida’s congressional districts until Monday to submit proposed maps. The Florida Supreme Court in July ordered the Republican-controlled Legislature to redraw the state’s 27 congressional districts after finding the current map violated standards adopted by voters. But…

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Sorry, Joe Negron, but this latest ploy for Senate Presidency is weak sauce

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State Sen. Joe Negron on Wednesday morning upped the ante in the poker game to be president of the Florida Senate in 2016-18 by releasing the names of his colleagues who have pledged their support to him. Unfortunately for Negron, this latest ploy will likely fall flat. Claiming that he has the support of “Senators who represent (a) majority,” Negron has taken the extraordinary step of listing his pledges as “Senator Don Gaetz (District 1), Senator Aaron Bean (District 4),…

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What Pinellas Commission’s redistricting letter to Legislature really means

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On the surface, Pinellas County Commission’s recent letter to the Florida Legislature seems benign enough. Follow the rules, it says in more words. Fairly redraw the state’s Congressional districts. An appropriate piece of guidance, no doubt. The judge who gave the Senate and House until today to complete the task would surely agree. However, like a lot of political communication, much of the message’s true meaning lies beneath the surface. So, in the spirit of transparency, we’ve not only included the…

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